Brisbane retailer and service provider Computer Central has been appointed to roll out the first wireless LAN solution in an Australian university after it secured a contract with the University of Canberra's Brisbane Campus, potentially worth $15 million over five years.
After a tendering process that lasted more than two years, Computer Central successfully won the supply contract in October 2001. Chris Freeburn, director of Computer Central, said five other companies made a bid for the tender including IBM and a number of local businesses.
As part of the contract, Computer Central installed more than $1.5 million worth of equipment and services, and the reseller expects to make $15 million in notebook supplies to incoming students over the next five years.
The University of Canberra Brisbane Campus offers certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business and technology, predominantly focusing on international students, so a wireless environment was a practical addition to the campus.
According to Freeburn, it is the first totally wireless LAN solution installed in an Australian university for both students and academic staff. Students and teachers are able to access the Internet, e-mail and online course materials and are no longer campus bound.
Freeburn said it was Computer Central's history in supplying the education sector, its ability to supply on both the PC and Apple platforms, and its established sales and service facilities that were the determining factors in it winning the contract.